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stay tuned for all that enough and the latest from west virginia as we roll on. martha: we'll see you tomorrow. jane: good morning, i'm jane skinner, jon: i'm jon scott, "happening now" in the top box, minutes away from the news conference with the governor of west virginia on the country's deadliest mine disaster in 25 years. we expect we'll hear more about the fate of those four miners still missing. jane: in the middle we're waiting to see in court attorneys for three teenagers charged with bullying the 15-year-old girl, phoebie prince, so merslessly, according to prosecutors, she committed suicide. these kids are among nine classmates charged in her death. jon: in the bottom locks, eon gonzalez captivated the nation in 199 before he was sent back to cuba. guess what, he's 16 years old now. we'll show you what he looks like. jane: here's what's happening now in the newsroom, live pictures, we're working hard to bring you the latest on all that's developing. jon: we begin in west virginia, where a stunned community prays and hose, at least 25 miners dead after an underground exp
of the mining tragedy in west virginia, but now we expect of course we will hear from him in some form or fashion, or perhaps a favor statement, or what have you, on this subject as well. we do have the regs nation -- resignation letter that just stevens submitted to the president, it begins my dear mr. president, having concluded it would be in the best interest of the court to have my successor appointed and confirmed well in advance of the commencement of the court's next term, i shall retire from active service as an associate justice, effective the next day after the court rises for the summer recess this year, most respectfully yours, john paul stevens. of course this is not a tremendous surprise, jon. justice stevens had been hinting he was considering retirement, he had hired one law clerk where traditionally a justice who plans to stay on for the next term would hire four, former justices are entitled to one law clerk, so it all seems to -- seemed to come together. of course, justice was appointed in 1975, nominate i by president gerald ford, a republican, yet justice stevens
but only in virginia. president obama's decision to open up offshore drilling is driving a wedge between democrats. senator frank lautenberg saying drilling off the coast of virginia would endanger many of new jersey's beaches, but virginia democratic senators jim webb and mark warner are firmly on board urging president obama to move very quickly to open mid atlantic shores for oil and gas exploration. with us now for a fair and balanced debate, bob beckel. he's professor of advanced political studies at george washington university, he's also a fox news contributor. and dana perino, former white house press secretary, she's a fox news contributor as well. welcome to you both. >> thank you. trace: bob, you knew -- the president had to know which this going to raise a ruckus in the democratic party, right? >> oh, sure, he did. it was something he said he would do in the campaign, but the amount of drills we're talking about here is an awful lot. so the question is politically how does it play out for him? one, it does attract independent voters, but secondly, it will set the stage, i thi
to just comment on this. excuse me, just one brief, very brief comment. miners in west virginia, and i think throughout the country, are taught to escape first. they're taught to try to get out of the mine the way they came in first. they retreat to a chamber or rescue shelter as a last resort. when they have made the determination, if their training has taken, if they have made the determination that they need to go to a shelter, that that's the last place that they would go. the shelter is a sophisticated barricade in my opinion. >> is there any evidence at this point that you believe anyone is alive down there, is there any actual evidence of that? >> we don't have any at this point, but we just have hope >> how far is that refuge chamber from the entry point? do you know? >> it's 1 inch equals 500-foot map. i just guesstimated a few days ago, about 8000 feet. >> so the rescuers will have to go in 2 miles to get to that refuge. >> they'll ride in a certain assistance distance, they won't walk in from the outside. we'll get them in as quickly as possible for them to get in as far as
. this is the trial of petty officer second class jonathan keefe of new yorktown, virginia. they don't want his picture shown because it's in special operation. use accused of dereliction of duty. he's chose to go have the case heard by the judge and there won't be a jury as in the case of julio huertas. jane: and huertas was found not guilty. does that mean the possibility of acquittal is pretty high for the others? >> reporter: it's possible. the biggest concern would be for matthew mccabe, he's the navy seal actually accused of punching the prisoner in the stomach. mccabe's attorney says the case has been laid out in the trial of huertas and in the trial of keefe and the jury didn't believe the allegations in the last trial. mc-- i'm sorry, huertas was found not guilty so he's sure keefe and mccain will also be found not guilty and he talked with me this morning about mccabe's reaction to the acquittal of huertas. let's listen. >> i woke up yesterday to an effusive e-mail from my client, he was shouting and overjoyed, and he anticipates keefe will meet the same result as will he, he's very c
accident we saw in west virginia, so far, visiting more than 30 mines owned by massey energy. after looking into mines in west virginia, kentucky and virginia, the inspectors found more than 60 serious safety violations, inside they found problems with conveyor belts and allowing coal dust to pile up on three occasions just sin the accident. that explosion killed 29 at the company's upper big branch mine in west virginia. jon: so how are you feeling? you're a consumer, and there are new numbers just out this morning on consumer sentiments in america, numbers that are both surprising and disappointing in some ways. consumer sentiment fell to its lowest level since november of last year, despite improvement in some other economic indicators. james rosen is in washington to explain what all of this means for us. james. >> reporter: what it means, jon, the prevailing mood of the american consumer right now would appear to be defined by anxiety. based on this survey of 500 households conducted by the university of michigan's consumer survey center, american consumers over the last two weeks have
in federal court in virginia. will they face trial in the united states? and this woman thought she did what was best for her health, but she says she lost her job because of it. so she's being discriminated against because of what's in her dna. pamela will tell us her story next. jane: what would be the reasoning in your mind? >> you know what? i don't know that. i can't tell you what they're thinking. jane: gary, what has the company told you? >> well, as is true of many employers, they claim it was due to her performance. now, the fact is she was an outstanding employee, and two weeks before she made this disclosure, they said if they had to get rid of everyone in the marketing department except one, she would be the one that they kept -- jane: so she had gotten good reviews. >> absolutely. jane: and then they gave her a bad review? >> well, when she returned, she started with a lot of negative reviews and then finally she was fired. this, unfortunately, is not an uncommon story in situations like this. jane: gary, give me your thoughts, though, on what would be the reasoning. there seems
from west virginia right now, rescue teams were hoping to reach four missing miners by noon, they're now evacuating the upper big branch mine. federal safety officials say the air quality underground is putting those crews in danger and they need to get out. steve centanni is live in montcoal, west virginia, what's happening there now, steve? >> reporter: right, a major setback to the rescue crews after waiting all this time. they were able to go back in, early this morning, at 5:00 a.m., and try to get to where those four remaining unaccounted for miners are located, but they just couldn't do it. they were testing the air along the way, there was just too much methane gas, carbon monoxide and hide hydrogen, an explosive mixture, so they had to turn around and go back out again. they didn't even reach the point where the bodies are located, which is 8000 feet back in, less than 2 miles. they had to turn around and go back. this is an unfortunate turn of events, but the bottom line remains the same, even though there's a setback and there will be a delay, the rescue crews can go ba
at the explosion at the west virginia coal mine, the last bodies were removed from the mine very early this morning. volatile gases were delaying the recovery efforts there, but teams were able to enter the mine yesterday after the tunnels were ventilated. the bodies will now go to the state medical examiner for autopsies. federal investigators are there, trying to determine the cause of this blast. this ended up being the worst u.s. mining disaster in decades. jon: a tragedy overseas that appears to be a case of simply terrible timing. authorities in italy are investigating a deadly train crash in the italian alps, a wall of mud and water roared down a mountainside, slamming a small computer train into a ditch, nine people were killed, 28 injured. the two-car train was passing just below, moments after a large irrigation pipe at a higher elevation burst, sending down that killer cascade. a geologist a examining the terrain near italy's border with austria but it's not clear why that pipe broke. >>> israeli forces opening fire on militants today in gaza, killing two palestinians and wounding three
out the conviction of a virginia man, sentenced to prison for a video he made about pit bull fights. chief justice roberts saying a law enacted in 1999 meant to limit internet sales of certain animal cruelty videos, went too far. in the case. and justice alito says in his defense, that the harm animals suffer in dogfights is enough to saws taken the law, we'll have more on this somewhat controversial decision next hour. >> firefighters are stretched to the limits in flint, michigan, right now more than a dozen fires broke out over the weekend. there were 12 in 12 hours. another we have learned, just this morning. so the total for the month of april, so far, 130 fires, three times what they are used to handling, in that department and the city's fire battalion chief is on the phone with us. chief, what is going on here? are these related? >> caller: at this time we are unable to ascertain that. but, we do know that the greater part of them are arson because they are being set, to vacant commercial buildings and vacant homes. >> what would be the motive for that? >> oh, there could be
accused of dereliction of duty as well, and starting on may 3rd in norfolk, virginia, we'll have the trial of matthew mccabe, he's the only one charged with actual assault of this prisoner. the prisoner's a convicted, suspected terrorist accused of being the mastermind behind that horrific attack in baghdad in which four american contractors were killed, their burned bodies dragged through the streets and hung from a bridge. the attorney saying he wasn't seriously abused at the hands of the navy seals and may, in fact, have caused the injuries himself. so, of course, huertas very happy today. back to you, jane. jane: steve centanni in d.c., thanks. jon: a new effort at the u.s./mexican border to clamp down on the growing violence there. just this week arizona officials warned u.s. senators that immigrant and drug-smuggling violence along the border is getting worse. now for the first time u.s. and mexican border enforcement agents are training side by side to fight drug cartels in that area. adam houseley went along for the training, he is in tucson, arizona, for that story. adam? >> repor
where are the jobs. in the elections that occurred in virginia, new jersey, massachusetts, republicans won independents by over 30 points. the president is targeting the right crew, the problem is he has nothing to say to them. jane: those elections were months ago, doesn't bernard have a point that since then the president has seen some victories? >> no. i mean, he got his health care plan through but it was opposed by a wide margin by independents, so what he's managed to do, rather than help himself has hurt himself with independents. the problem is he's not addressing the economy, jobs, and continues to go off on topics rices like cap and trade as opposed to answering the question that independents are asking, where are the jobs. jane it's reported the president is going to go on this cross country tour for the mid-term elections. is it possible, though, i think it's pretty true, there are some democratec candidates out there who don't necessarily want a visit from him. >> i think that's, of course, always the case in the mid-term elections and he has to use this time and his appea
-old joshua mcmack l of virginia, was shot multiple times. he staggered outside, collapsed in the yard and later died at the hospital. another person was injured. no arrests have been made, but now houston police have named a person of interest, and he is missing. his name is carey mccollum. he lives in the d.c. area, and police are looking for him there. he drives a 2005 blue/green dodge magnum with maryland plates. again, police looking for person of interest, carey mccollum. the shooting death of an 18-year-old near texas southern university. gregg? gregg: all right. patty ann brown, thanks very much. jane? jane: "happening now" in the top box, the supreme court is allowing a class action lawsuit against the makers of the pain drug vioxx to go ahead. this time investors who lost money when the drug was pulled are suing merck and company. in the middle, fallout from what's known as the eruption disruption. today the european union says it'll move quickly to alleviate the economic impact on the aviation industry from that icelandic volcano. the cost of closing down much of europe's ai
of somalia are due in court in virginia today, nine defendants scheduled to be arraigned in norfolk. one answered a not guilty plea on thursday, another is expected to plead next week. defense attorneys say they need more time to explain the government's accusations with their clients with a somali interpreter present. none speaks english. >>> the islamic of iran, where a woman can get lashed for wearing a mini skirt is now a member of the panel on u.s. women rights. is there an upside to this? we'll ask an expert from the middle east, coming up. jon: "happening now", in the top box the government saying the u.s. economy grew at a solid 3.2% pace during the first three-months of this year, consumers boosted spending by the most in three years. it marks the third straight quarterly gains. >>> in the middle box, we are awaiting a verdict in the case of a man accused of hacking into sarah palin's e-mail account, a jury is deliberating for a fourth day, they reached unanimous verdict on three of four counts against david ke -- kernell but remain locked on a charge of identity theft. >>> comm
for an update to our top stories, in "happening now", in the wake of the mining tragedy in west virginia, president obama is launching a sweeping mine safety review. >>> in the middle box, folks all across the country, racing to get their taxes done, and filed by midnight tonight. good luck! >>> bottom box, ash spewing from a volcano in iceland, now forcing france, britain, ireland and nordic countries to shut down their airports. jane and speaking of airports, take a look at what's happening at andrews air force base, president obama is -- there he is, he's on his way to florida today, he's going to be meeting with nasa workers at the kennedy space center to talk about the future of space exploration for the united states and he's walking out with buzz aldrin, about to get on air force one. you can hear the crowd cheering for the former astronaut. -- wendt el goler -- wendell goler, as we watch these picture, what is the president expected to tell the nasa workers today? >> they'll try and convince them -- he'll try and convince them that the new direction for america's space program wo
arriving today at the the big bank coal mine in west virginia trying to figure out what caused that deadly blast. later good the governor will ask for a moment of silence in honor of the victims. >>> in the middle, the world health organization is admitting to shortcomings in the handling of the h1n1 flu outbreak, saying it failed to convey some general certainties about the virus as it swept across the globe. >>> on the bottom, could be good news for you if you're an air traveler, a new study found that planes were more likely to land on time in 2009 and bags were less likely to get lost. jon: we're launch ago brand new series called it's all your money because when it comes to tax and government programs it is all your money paying for them and you should be able to know exactly where it's going and how much these programs are costing you. today we kick it off with a look at the new tax increases, the obama administration plans to make to try to fill some of our huge decifit hole. jim angle is in washington with a look at exactly what those plans include, and more importantly, what it me
independent voters over to the democrats. look, the president is 0 for 3. he lost virginia, he lost new jersey, he lost massachusetts based on the policies he's pursuing. richard, i'd offer you this: to any swing district he wants to go into, i can find republicans who will bring the president in to help campaign for the democratic candidate. it helps us. jamie: it's a big decision on whether or not to have the president, and he is not traveling all that much -- >> he's most popular than most of them, jamie. his numbers are better than most house and senate candidates, so i think a lot of them will have him in. yale jake and we'll be watching. thank you so much. good to see you. trace: the catholic church is spending millions on ads hoping to bring catholics back into church. dan springer's live with this in seattle. dan. glr yeah, and, trace, the ads have been running during lent, a time when catholics focus more on their faith. in seattle alone there are an estimated 400,000 catholics who have drifted. not necessarily because they disagree with what the church teaches, but because life got
, ohio, he'll go on trial in norfolk, virginia on may third. the case of all three of these navy seals, of course, has drawn a huge amount of sympathy in the u.s., with thousands visiting websites in support of the seals, while at least 20 members of congress have urged secretary of defense robert gates to drop all these charges, jon. jon: what did the prisoners say in court, do we know? >> reporter: the prisoner described his arrest and claimed he was mistreated at the hands of his american captors, ahmed hash eep abed is the man who allegedly masterminded the attack on the three u.s. contractors in iraq in 2004. in court today, he said he was arrested at home in september of last year, he says while in custody, he was blindfolded and handcuffed and was hit over the shoulders and back, then punched in the stomach, which caused him to fall on his face. he testified that he can't identify any of his assailants, jon. jon: any witnesses to this alleged attack? >> well, other than the suspect himself, yes, a navy petty officer named kevin demartino testified today in this trial, saying he
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